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The last 12 months of HPC happenings provided great fodder for HPCwire news coverage and commentary. For this final issue of 2007, editor Michael Feldman takes a look at some of the stories and developments that caught his attention.
By any measurement, 2007 was a miserable time for the company. This week's revelation of the Barcelona problem is just the latest setback in a year that the company would like to forget.
Revenue growth for high performance computing servers continues to outpace the overall server market. According to IDC, HPC server revenue grew 8.8 percent in the third quarter amid an overall server growth of only 0.5 percent. What does it all mean?
At SC07, editor Michael Feldman spent some quality time with NEC, gathering some additional information about the new SX-9 supercomputer and the company's overall HPC strategy.
One of Microsoft's challenges in the high performance computing realm will be overcoming some of the anti-Windows zealotry of the Linux HPC community.Editor Michael Feldman takes a look at what the company is up against.
The supercomputing conference season is merging into the holiday shopping season and both are starting earlier every year. SC07 doesn't officially begin until next week, but a bunch of vendors decided to get a jump on the festivities by pre-announcing some of their upcoming offerings.
Traditions die hard at NEC. At a time when vector computers are being forced into smaller and smaller niches, the company has introduced its next generation vector supercomputer, the SX-9. While vector systems may not be extinct, they're definitely on the endangered species list.
The idea of general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) continues to capture the imagination of the HPC community. But the three big players -- Intel, NVIDIA and AMD -- all have their ideas on how this new technology should play out.
The lure of green computing has launched a thousand marketing campaigns, but are HPC users buying it? Editor Michael Feldman takes a look at what may be holding back the green tide in high performance computing.
Sun Microsystems' recent acquisition of the Lustre file system and the associated Cluster File Systems (CFS) resources has caused less gnashing of teeth than one might have suspected. For the time being, Sun has managed to convince the Lustre community that its intentions are honorable.
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Contributing commentator, Andrew Jones, offers a break in the news cycle with an assessment of what the national "size matters" contest means for the U.S. and other nations...
Today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzing, Germany, Jack Dongarra presented on a proposed benchmark that could carry a bit more weight than its older Linpack companion. The high performance conjugate gradient (HPCG) concept takes into account new architectures for new applications, while shedding the floating point....
Not content to let the Tianhe-2 announcement ride alone, Intel rolled out a series of announcements around its Knights Corner and Xeon Phi products--all of which are aimed at adding some options and variety for a wider base of potential users across the HPC spectrum. Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, the company's Raj....
Jun 18, 2013 |
The world's largest supercomputers, like Tianhe-2, are great at traditional, compute-intensive HPC workloads, such as simulating atomic decay or modeling tornados. But data-intensive applications--such as mining big data sets for connections--is a different sort of workload, and runs best on a different sort of computer.
Jun 18, 2013 |
Researchers are finding innovative uses for Gordon, the 285 teraflop supercomputer housed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) that has a unique Flash-based storage system. Since going online, researchers have put the incredibly fast I/O to use on a wide variety of workloads, ranging from chemistry to political science.
Jun 17, 2013 |
The advent of low-power mobile processors and cloud delivery models is changing the economics of computing. But just as an economy car is good at different things than a full size truck, an HPC workload still has certain computing demands that neither the fastest smartphone nor the most elastic cloud cluster can fulfill.
Jun 14, 2013 |
For all the progress we've made in IT over the last 50 years, there's one area of life that has steadfastly eluded the grasp of computers: understanding human language. Now, researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are utilizing a Hadoop cluster on its Longhorn supercomputer to move the state of the art of language processing a little bit further.
Jun 13, 2013 |
Titan, the Cray XK7 at the Oak Ridge National Lab that debuted last fall as the fastest supercomputer in the world with 17.59 petaflops of sustained computing power, will rely on its previous LINPACK test for the upcoming edition of the Top 500 list.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
Join HPCwire Editor Nicole Hemsoth and Dr. David Bader from Georgia Tech as they take center stage on opening night at Atlanta's first Big Data Kick Off Week, filmed in front of a live audience. Nicole and David look at the evolution of HPC, today's big data challenges, discuss real world solutions, and reveal their predictions. Exactly what does the future holds for HPC?
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